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United States provides additional $10 million in humanitarian food
assistance to Zimbabwe
October 21, 2013
The U.S. Government,
through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID)
Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has provided an additional $10 million
to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP). This assistance will support
humanitarian food needs in Zimbabwe during the October to March
hunger season. WFP will use this contribution to purchase cereals,
pulses, and oil, as well as to provide direct cash transfers to
beneficiaries where food is available in local markets.
of humanitarian food needs for the 2013-14 hunger season, USAID
had previously contributed in-kind food-cereal, pulses, and oil-valued
at approximately $15 million. In total, the U.S. Government has
contributed $25 million to WFP for this year’s humanitarian
food operation, which will provide food for approximately 1.8 million
of the most food insecure people in Zimbabwe.
The U.S. Government
is responding to the recently identified
needs of 2.2 million people requiring
food assistance in Zimbabwe. According to this year’s vulnerability
assessment, the number of people needing food assistance during
peak hunger season - between January and March 2014 - will rise
by 32% from last year to nearly 2.2 million individuals, or a quarter
of the rural population.
the USAID Mission Director in Zimbabwe, has said that, "Although
the U.S. Government and other major donors are transitioning assistance
in Zimbabwe from humanitarian relief to promoting sustainable development,
humanitarian assessments continue to indicate that significant numbers
of people in Zimbabwe still require seasonal assistance to meet
their minimum food needs. U.S. Government contributions toward alleviating
these needs signal our continued support of the people of Zimbabwe.”
USAID also recently
awarded approximately $100 million to two consortia of non-governmental
organizations. These organizations will work in areas that typically
receive humanitarian food aid and will support activities addressing
the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition
with the aim of reducing future humanitarian food needs
The United States remains the world’s largest donor of humanitarian
assistance in Zimbabwe. USAID has contributed more than $1.1 billion
to humanitarian operations in Zimbabwe since 2002.
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